Frida Kahlo's Love Letters To Be Displayed & Auctioned

Frida Kahlo's Love Letters To Be Auctioned — And They Aren't Written To Diego Rivera!
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Twenty-five letters written by Mexican painter Frida Khalo will be exhibited briefly in New York City before being auctioned on April 15.

Kahlo penned the love letters to Jose Bartoli, whom she met in New York while recovering from spinal surgery. Between August of 1946 and November of 1949, they carried on a secret, long-distance romance.

The vibrantly written notes detail Kahlo's thoughts on her paintings, her health, and her relationship with husband Diego Rivera

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Bartoli, a Catalan artist, preserved the letters until his death in 1995; his family inherited the letters. Now, the documents will be auctioned by Doyle New York on April 15. However, before the auction, the letters will be displayed April 11-15 in Doyle's Manhattan gallery. 

In a statement to The Huffington Post, Peter Costanzo, the Rare Books Department Director said: "Her letters to José Bartoli are entirely fresh and unpublished. They provide new information about one of the most important artists of the 20th century. It is an honor and a privilege to present this precious archive to the public. Its contents will surely further scholarship on Frida Kahlo and her works."

Doyle New York expect the letters to sell for between $80,000 and $120,000.

Doyle New York

Doyle New York

Doyle New York